Tree HoCo

Why Trees?
  • Clean air: Trees produce oxygen, intercept airborne particulates, and reduce smog.
  • Climate change: Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 
  • A tree is a natural air conditioner. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room-size, residential air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • Tree windbreaks can reduce residential heating costs 10-15%; while shading and evaporative cooling from trees can cut residential air-conditioning costs 20-50%. 
  • Water filtration and retention: Forests promote beneficial water quality and reduce storm water management costs.
  • Wildlife habitat: Trees provide important habitats for numerous bird, insect and animal species.
What is Tree HoCo? 
  • Tree HoCo is an initiative led by Howard EcoWorks to assist private landowners with increasing tree canopy on their properties.
  • Through this program, landowners sign up to receive discounted or FREE trees that will be installed by Howard EcoWorks' work crews.  This includes shelters to protect the trees from deer.
  • Landowners within Howard County's Green Infrastructure Network and in within western Howard County in general, are prioritized for this program.
  • The number of trees planted is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 100 with area dependent upon the trees selected.
  • Landowners can choose from a "palette" or tree selection that will meet their needs while also benefitting the environment in different ways.  The palettes are shown to the right on this page.
  • Landowners must commit to maintenance of the trees.  An example maintenance schedule is shown below.

How does Tree HoCo work?
  • Howard EcoWorks is currently fundraising for this program and is looking for "early adopters" to sign up and be the first ones to receive trees when funding is received.
  • The first 15 "early adopters" will receive the entire package - trees plus labor to install the trees - for FREE.  Sign-ups after that point will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the project.
  • Funding is not guaranteed but past history with the grantor is promising.
  • The program is expected to begin in Spring 2019.

How do I sign up?
  • To register for Tree HoCo, please fill out THIS FORM.  Whether we receive or don't receive grant funding, we will get back to you  in winter, 2019.

Tree Palette 
  • Climate cooling - This palette includes fast growing tree species to promote carbon sequestration.  These trees are generally tall - up to 100'+, and example species include: willow oak and sweetgum. 
  • Pollinator friendly - This palette include trees to attract and benefit pollinators.  These trees are mid-story in height (20-60') and include species such as eastern redbud and basswood. 
  • Songbird - This palette will attract songbirds with a height variety from 40-100' and includes species such as white oak and flowering dogwood.
  • Edible - This palette includes selection with edible fruits and nuts that are mid-story in height (25-35') and include species such as paw paw and serviceberry